Protecting the rights of vulnerable children

The primary objective of Plan International, an international NGO working to safeguard the rights of children, is to protect the rights of children and help the children return to school.

Philippines
Dec 20 2013, 4:32 PM
Protecting the rights of vulnerable children

Plan International, one of the world's largest international NGO working to safeguard the rights of children, is collaborating with the Philippines government to help integrate children displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.

The NGO has set up various ‘Child-friendly spaces’, supported by staff and volunteers who offer children a place where they can play, learn, receive psychological support and be able to say what happened, but in a safe environment.

The primary objective is to protect the rights of children and help the children return to school. Unfortunately, due to the emigration of many parents looking for work outside the affected areas, there is an increased threat of child trafficking. Many families have been left without any means of subsistence. Coconuts plantations, destroyed by the typhoon, were a major source of income in Eastern Samar.

All Plan Filipinas agencies on the site, in addition to 40,000 beneficiaries of the organization’s projects in 4 provinces – Eastern Samar, West Samar, Cebu and Leyte – have been affected. Each year, an average of 20 typhoons hit the Asian island, of which two or three are devastating. Haiyan in 2013 was the worst.

After each disaster, children are the most vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse and need more protection. Currently there are 8 million displaced children on the islands exposed to violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect.

Founded about 76 years ago in Spain, the NGO Plan International is present in 69 countries and brings direct aid to 84 million boys and girls through 9000 projects spread across 50 countries in Africa, America and Asia.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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